God's Patient Love
My God will never make you do
What you don't want to do.
But He may send you to your room
Until you've thought it through.
He patiently will speak to you,
In case you're listening, too,
But in the end the way you go
Is strictly up to you.
April 4, 2003
Sorry, I Missed It
I was so focused on my trip
I failed to check my book.
I was chagrined I'd missed your day,
When I finally took a look.
I hope that this apology
Will let you know that I
Have not forgotten you at all;
I'm not that kind of guy.
Traditionally, when April comes,
It brings along the rain.
And rain, in scripture, we are told,
Are blessings, which we gain.
In April, too, there are some days
That loved ones celebrate.
And when I do not notice them,
I do myself berate.
Herewith I send my greetings,
And Salutations, too.
I wish you all Life's very best,
And a Happy Birthday, too.
April 10, 2003
It's Nice to Know
It's nice to know, when times are hard,
That friends are there who'll mow your yard,
Or give a lift when you are down,
And lend a smile when you might frown.
It's really good (You know it's true)
To have a family here with you.
The Ward's a family to all within,
Whether or not they're your near kin.
I'm thankful for the things they do,
Especially now I think of you.
It's comforting, God has a plan,
Providing for the needs of man.
Each Child of His who comes to Earth,
May sense his own unmeasured worth.
April 16, 2003
I Went to the Zoo
I went to the Zoo the other day;
Admission then was free.
I took my walker down the path
To see what I might see.
I watched the sea lions swim and dive,
And fish, as if at sea.
I saw the lorikeets so bright,
One sitting in a tree.
I saw two tigers in the shade,
In restful company.
I took the train around the Park;
A peacock winked at me.
I saw some elk, a musk ox, too,
And elephants strolling free.
The ride left off where it began;
I left it in my lee.
I saw a leopard resting on a branch,
Seeming not to notice me.
I stopped along the path to eat
Some food, to nourish me.
Some friends I knew from church passed by,
And stopped to chat with me.
I soon went on to find the place
Where rain forest life would be.
It happened so that part was closed,
Which disappointed me.
I went instead along the path
That led to wild country;
Saw rhinos, hippos, zebra too,
And monkeys in a tree.
In one place, I saw two giraffes,
And one came close to me.
Then on my way back to the gate
Where I began my spree,
I saw some bats within a cave,
All hanging with hands free.
It was a day I'll not forget,
So much it impressed me.
I hope that when you have the chance,
You'll do the same as me.
August 20, 2003
(based on an outing I made on April 8, 2003)
Just Between Us
Just between the two of us,
It's no use making such a fuss,
When things don't go the way we planned;
Accept the things that come to hand.
April 30, 2003